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Graduation Gift Guide 2023

Now, let’s talk about the ultimate gift that’s universally loved by graduates—good old money! 💵 You might be thinking, “Money seems a bit impersonal.” Well, fret not! 

I encourage you to give money in a thoughtful way that shows just how much you care. Put it in a lovely card and share a little story or explanation about why you chose that particular amount. Here are some ideas on how to do that:

  •  Perhaps they graduate in mid-June from High School (6/2023) then 

6+2+0+2+3 = 13, multiplied by 12 years of school = $156.

  • OR 12 years of school times how many years you have known them, or times their GPA? The options are endless and the cash will be very much appreciated.
  • IF you know their birthday and exact graduation date, you can see how many days are between the two HERE and give them a check for that amount! Here’s a cute poem you could include as an example.

August  17th, 2005  was the day of your creation,

Since then I’ve watched you learn & grow with admiration,

Now to congratulate you on finishing your high school education,

Count the days between your birth and your 5-28-23 graduation,

Which equals this gift of $64.90, to honor YOU in celebration!

If a tangible gift you can wrap is what you are looking for, here are recent Graduate Approved suggestions:

Apple AirPod Pro noise-canceling earphones.

Amazon Graduation Gift card in a cute box.

A set of Matching Durable Luggage.

Fleece Throw Blanket, perhaps in their college color?

Foldable Duffle Bag for weekends away or visiting home.

Beverage related:

Keurig Mini for making quick dorm room coffee.

Yeti Water/Coffee Tumbler, which can be engraved.

Tervis Tumbler with their college emblem or initials.

Stanley Handled Travel Mug with a straw.

Other suggestions include heirloom jewelry or the gift of travel: taking a vacation with them or sending them on an adventure of their own. 

So there you have it! All of these items are heartily approved by recent high school and college graduates and will make you a grand gift giver!

PS: I only recommend products I would use or give myself. As an Amazon Associate, if you use a link to buy something, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks!